Reduce skin & fat on your arm
Brachioplasty or an arm lift is performed to reduce skin and fat of the upper arm. Aging, weight loss, and heredity can play a role in the appearance of your arms. Loose skin cannot be significantly tightened with exercise.
Who is a good candidate?
The best candidates for arm lift surgery have loose skin and redundant fat of their upper arms. They have realistic expectations of what can be achieved. They are in good overall health and do not have conditions that can effect the healing process.
How is the surgery performed?
Brachioplasty surgery is performed in the hospital as an outpatient procedure. If it is combined with other procedures an overnight stay may be necessary. It is performed under general anesthesia. The length of the incision and subsequent scar will depend on how much extra skin and fat you need removed. The incision is placed on the inner posterior arm where it is least noticeable. The incision can extend from the axilla (arm pit) to the elbow. It can be carried down across the axilla and onto the lateral chest wall if necessary. The surgical site is repaired with multiple layers of buried sutures to take tension off of the incision. Drains are usually not needed.
What is the recovery like?
After your arm lift your arms will be gently wrapped in lightly compressive bandages. After a few days the bandages will be traded for compressive sleeves. Pain medication is used for 1-2 weeks as needed. The average length of time to be out from work is 2-4 weeks. Strenuous activities should be avoided for 4-6 weeks.
Arm Lift Risks
As with any major surgery there are possible risks and complications. Most of these are rare and precautions are taken to avoid them. Risk include but are not limited to anesthesia, bleeding, infection, poor healing, unfavorable scarring, damage to deeper structures like nerves or blood vessels, fluid collections, tissue necrosis, numbness, pain, over correction, under correction and the need for additional surgery.